All you need to know about the new Mercedes C-Class arriving in India in 2022

The 2021 Mercedes C-Class (W206/S206) is the first-ever Mercedes C-Class available exclusively with electrified engines. The sensuous new C-Class hits the dealer lots this summer, beginning with Germany and other European markets, and then in India.

2021 Mercedes C-Class specifications

2021 Mercedes C-Class W206 engine bay
Mild-hybrid technology is standard in the 2021 Mercedes C-Class. Image Source: Daimler

As Daimler begins pruning its portfolio of conventional engines, the Mercedes C-Class has seen a complete shift to four-cylinder engines. The entire powertrain range comprises only 1.5- and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines. Customers who seek more exciting drivability with engines with more cylinders, can opt for the compact engines with electrification.

M254 1.5-litre petrol, M254 2.0-litre petrol, and OM654M are the options in the new generation. As standard, all three get an integrated second-generation starter-generator (ISG). In addition to the power and torque produced by the engine, the driver can use up to 15 kW (20 PS) and 200 Nm generated by the ISG. The ISG is enabled by a 48-volt partial on-board electrical system, which allows functions such as energy recovery, boosting, and gliding.

2021 Mercedes C-Class engines

Aspect2021 C-Class C1802021 C-Class C200 2021 C-Class C200 4MATIC2021 C-Class C3002021 C-Class C300 4MATIC2021 C-Class C220d2021 C-Class C C300d
EngineM254M254M254M254M254OM654OM654M
Displacement1.5L1.5L1.5L2.0L2.0L2.0L2.0L
Transmission9-speed auto9-speed auto9-speed auto9-speed auto9-speed auto9-speed auto9-speed auto
Engine Power170 PS204 PS204 PS258 PS258 PS200 PS265 PS
Engine Torque250 Nm300 Nm300 Nm400 Nm400 Nm440 Nm550 Nm
Electric Power20 PS20 PS20 PS20 PS20 PS20 PS20 PS
Electric Torque200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm200 Nm
Acceleration 0-100 km/h8.6 seconds7.3 seconds7.1 seconds6.0 seconds6.0 seconds7.3 seconds5.7 seconds
Top Speed231 km/h246 km/h241 km/h250 km/h250 km/h245 km/h250 km/h
M254 1.5-litre petrol, M254 2.0-litre petrol, and OM654M are the only engines available in the all-new Mercedes C-Class.

Soon after the market premiere (European launch) of the all-new Mercedes C-Class mild-hybrid, an all-new Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid goes on sale. The 2021 Mercedes C-Class plug-in hybrid will have a bigger battery pack with a total capacity of 25.4 kWh. Thanks to this bigger battery pack, the all-new C-Class PHEV 2021 will be able to have a pure electric range of around 100 km in Europe’s WLTP.

An 11 kW 3-phase AC on-board charger is standard in the 2021 C-Class PHEV. Optionally, the battery pack can be fully charged at 55 kW using a DC charger in just around 30 minutes.

The 9G-TRONIC 9-speed automatic transmission is standard in both all-new C-Class mild-hybrid and all-new C-Class plug-in hybrid, and it has been modified to adapt the ISG. The electric motor, power electronics, and transmission cooler have been relocated into or to the transmission. Also new is a rear-axle steering option for better manoeuvrability at low speeds and better handling at high speeds. It reduces the turning circle by over 40 cm to under eleven metres.

2021 Mercedes C-Class dimensions

Aspect2021 Mercedes C-Class dimensions2020 Mercedes C-Class dimensionsDifference
Length4,751 mm4,686 mm+65 mm
Width1,820 mm1,810 mm+10 mm
Height1,438 mm1,447 mm– 9 mm
Wheelbase2,865 mm2,840 mm+25 mm
Front Headroom1,041 mm1,039 mm+2 mm
Rear Headroom (without sunroof)955 mm942 mm+13 mm
Rear Headroom (with sunroof)952 mm942 mm+10 mm
Front Elbow Room1,4761,454+22 mm
Rear Elbow Room1,4771,462+15 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,4301,404+26 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,4111,398+13 mm
Boot Space455 litres455 litres0 mm
The 2021 Mercedes C-Class is more spacious for the driver and the passengers in every dimension than the old model.

2021 Mercedes C-Class design & features

The 2021 Mercedes C-Class has an evolutionary design that makes it sportier and more athletic, and at the same time, retains the elegance associated with the nameplate. No other rear-wheel drive mid-size luxury car flaunts a “cab-backward design” as well as the three-pointed star’s C-Class. The 2021 Mercedes C-Class boasts flatter headlamps with new light system ‘Digital Light’, and two-piece LED rear lights, with the light functions divided between the side wall and boot lid lamps.

2021 Mercedes C-Class W206 doors open
The new Mercedes C-Class features two-piece LED rear lights. Image Source: Daimler

The interior is more sumptuous and classier, with looks borrowed and elements shared with the 2021 Mercedes S-Class (W223). The wing-like dashboard seamlessly merges with the centre console, creating a floating effect. There’s a greater emphasis on digitalisation, with the control of vehicle functions delegated to a large portrait touchscreen measuring 9.5 or 11.9 inches diagonally. Also different from the old model is the standardisation of a fully digital instrument cluster; a 10.25-inch driver display is standard, while a 12.3-inch driver display is optional.

Following the 2021 Mercedes S-Class, the all-new Mercedes C-Class is the brand’s second model to feature the second generation of MBUX, which comes with a fingerprint scanner. The Hey Mercedes voice assistant is more interactive and capable of learning. A Smart Home function allows controlling smart home devices and appliances from the car. Major music streaming services have been fully integrated into the MBUX infotainment system. Another highlight is an Augmented Video feature in which the live feed of the front camera is shown on the central display.

2021 Mercedes C-Class India launch

The all-new Mercedes C-Class will likely go on sale in India in the first half of 2022. Expect Daimler to offer the C200, C220d, and C300d rear-wheel drive mild-hybrid variants at the launch.

Featured Image Source: Daimler